Mountains of plastic are showing up in Hawaii’s critical “nursery waters”

by Daniel Payne · Nov 12th, 2019 2:23 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Scientists have discovered extremely high concentrations of plastic garbage in a critical “nursery” section of the waters off Hawaii.

Researchers had initially set out to investigate what are known as “slicks,” locations of the ocean in which plankton is plentiful and where larval fish congregate to grow and mature. Many of these slicks are found off the coast of the Hawaiian islands.

Scientists discovered that the concentration of plastics in these critical biological areas can be up to eight times higher than that of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a high concentration of waste in the Pacific ocean.

Marine researchers found that plastics actually outnumbered fish in these contaminated zones. In some cases they found that larval fish had ingested bits of plastic.


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